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The (hopefully) last stand of the covering-law theory: A reply to Opp
Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5237-9695
2013 (English)In: Social Science Information, ISSN 0539-0184, E-ISSN 1461-7412, Vol. 52, no 3, p. 383-393Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In his paper Karl-Dieter Opp heroically sets out to defend both the adequacy and sociological fruitfulness of the covering-law account of explanation (the HO scheme). The attempt is bold, as he is not only defending the HO scheme as a theory of explanation but also as a scheme for finding and establishing causal relationships. In this reply I argue that the defense is not successful; quite the contrary, it clearly demonstrates why mechanism-based reasoning is important in the social sciences. I also argue that this change in metatheoretical perspective has implications for thinking about the role of rational choice theory in sociology, which should not be seen as a foundational theory but rather as a version of commonsense psychology that can be used for modeling purposes.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 52, no 3, p. 383-393
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148446DOI: 10.1177/0539018413485664OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-148446DiVA, id: diva2:1216249
Available from: 2018-06-11 Created: 2018-06-11 Last updated: 2018-06-11

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